Category Archives: Du Pont Family

’Tis the Season

The holiday season at Winterthur is not to be missed. This year, Yuletide at Winterthur, opening November 23, illuminates winter festivities from long ago and provides inspiration for creating your own memorable holiday events. Throughout the tour, three major themes … Continue reading

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Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

Influenza, or “the flu,” as we have perhaps too innocently dubbed it, has been one of the most lethal killers in all of history. As flu season approaches, we are reminded of one of the most devastating epidemics and its effects … Continue reading

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Beat the August Heat! Check Out the Fabulous House Tours Winterthur Has to Offer

August is a great time to get out of the heat and visit the house tours Winterthur has to offer. Always a classic, the Introductory Tour is a nonreserved tour included with general admission. On this family friendly tour, enjoy … Continue reading

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The Sheep at Negendank Barn: A Fine-Wooled History

Every time you wear your merino wool sweater, you become part of the historical chain of merino wool enthusiasts. These enthusiasts include the Bourbon Kings of Spain and France and Thomas Jefferson in America. The herd of merino sheep at … Continue reading

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Historic Automobiles at Winterthur

We’re putting the finishing touches on our first historic automobile display of the year.  On each Saturday in May (weather permitting) we welcome 8-12 owners of beautiful automobiles to Winterthur. The automobiles are displayed on the hillside above the Museum … Continue reading

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The Art of the Table Part Two: Who are the Guests?

This year’s Delaware Antiques Show loan exhibition is from Winterthur and highlights H. F.  du Pont’s table settings. One part of the exhibition focuses on a 1954 house party.  Although house parties were held at Winterthur at least twice a … Continue reading

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The Art of the Table: H.F. du Pont’s Table Settings Part 1

When Jackie Kennedy decided to restore the White House, she asked her mother’s old friend Henry Francis du Pont to chair the committee. He was her top choice because, as she told Life magazine in 1961, “Without him on the … Continue reading

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Bring on the Bubbly: H. F. du Pont’s Taste for Krug

Because his legacy centers on antiques, it is easy to forget that H. F. du Pont (1880‒1969) was a man of his time—fond of martinis, cigarettes, and bridge. He also liked champagne. According to his butler, he preferred champagne to … Continue reading

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Building Winterthur

In 1929, three years after he inherited Winterthur, H. F. du Pont began to build an addition onto his ancestral home. Construction began in June 1929 and finished in April 1931. When completed, the new du Pont residence was 72,000 … Continue reading

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Going Dotty

In preparing for a mini-exhibition on du Pont’s table settings for the upcoming Delaware Antiques Show, I realized that H. F. du Pont patronized one particular glass merchant for an astonishing six decades. A loyal customer, du Pont followed Frederick … Continue reading

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